A canopy on Skellig Michael is to be extended to protect walkers from falling stones.
In response to a Dáil question from Deputy Brendan Griffin, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Sean Canney confirmed that on foot of a full technical analysis, it has been decided to extend the existing canopy.
The OPW has also erected netting to catch any material coming down.
The Minister said archaeological excavations will need to be undertaken along the inside of the lighthouse wall to anchor the structure. Full documentation for these works will be submitted shortly to the Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht for consent.
Once consent is obtained the OPW will commence the work.
In the meantime the necessary materials are being organised and transported to the island. The Minister said the work will be undertaken while keeping the island open to visitors.
However for safety reasons the work cannot be undertaken while visitors are on the island so it is to be done in early mornings and late afternoons.